Arvind Kejriwal skips ED summons, will go to Madhya Pradesh for election campaign

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will not appear before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) today in the investigation related to the excise policy case. He was to appear before the investigating agency at around 11 am.

Kejriwal, along with Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann, will visit Madhya Pradesh to campaign for the upcoming assembly elections.

Earlier, he had described the ED summons as “illegal” and “politically motivated” and asked the ED to immediately withdraw it.

In a letter to the ED director, Kejriwal alleged that he was served a notice at the behest of the Bharatiya Janata Party to stop him from campaigning in the four states where elections are scheduled this month.

Former Deputy CM Manish Sisodia is currently lodged in Tihar jail in a case related to alleged irregularities in the formulation and implementation of the Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22 and on Monday the Supreme Court refused to grant him bail saying “the material And there was evidence. One of the charges under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) was provisionally endorsed that 14 wholesale liquor distributors earned “excess profits” of Rs 338 crore in about 10 months when the now defunct excise duty policy was in force. .

The same evening, ED had sent summons to Kejriwal. The ED had told a court last month that it was considering adding the Aam Aadmi Party as an accused in the excise policy case. Kejriwal is the national coordinator of the party.

AAP’s Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh was also arrested by the ED last month after a raid at his residence.